We want to keep them small, and cuddly, and cute – but let’s face it. They’re growing and their learning is getting more complex. Reading and writing skills continue to expand throughout childhood and into the elementary school years. Parents who are involved and embrace their children’s learning development contribute to building a solid literacy foundation that will support learning in all other content areas. The Encouraging Literacy at Home Parent Workshop series is designed to complement the Common Core State Standards by providing strategies that will enable you to effectively guide and help your child with homework and augment other learning activities.
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Encouraging Literacy at Home – Building Foundations for Reading Pre-K to 1st Grade Ever wonder how you could help your child build a great foundation in reading? This workshop will provide practical, fun, tried-and-true tips for parents to increase their child’s confidence in * mastering letter recognition * understanding phonics * recognizing word families * getting the most out of phonics readers * navigating leveled readers
Reading Comprehension – Beyond the 5 W’s 2nd to 4th Grade Do you ever get a blank stare from your child after they are done reading a book? Or maybe you’re afraid that info goes in one ear and out the other? Then this workshop is for you! This workshop will provide insight on how you can help your child connect with what they are reading and give it meaning. Topics include: * The importance of building vocabulary * Strategies for before, during and after reading * How to ask questions that will encourage a deeper understanding of the text
Literary Themes and Genres – What’s it Saying? 4th to 6th Grade Your child – an independent reader diving into various books by the minute – chapter books, novels, graphic novels, non-fiction books, magazines, comic strips, manga…and the list goes on. You – thrilled your child is a growing reader, curious to know what these books are saying and perhaps a little bewildered how you’re going to have time to read and talk with your child about all these books… Designed for parents of upper elementary students, this workshop will provide strategies to quickly assess what type of book your child is reading (literary genre), the main point of the story (literary theme) and how to ask reading comprehension questions that will engage your child in meaningful conversations.
Supporting Middle School Reading Comprehension 6th to 8th Grade Drawing on a decade of experience as a middle school English Language Arts Teacher, this workshop shows parents of middle school students how they can use conversation and dialogue to validate their child while building up their confidence in reading comprehension. Topics include the importance of building vocabulary, Strategies for guiding comprehension before, during and after reading, and how to ask questions that will encourage a deeper understanding of the text.
Writing – Nuts and Bolts Pre-K to 1st Grade Punctuation got you goin’ nuts? Bolting away from grammar? Well fear no more! This workshop will give you a refresher on the basic “nuts and bolts” of writing so you can help your child with their writing assignments. This workshop will also explain the writing process so you can be better prepared to guide your child. Topics include: 1. Punctuation 2. Grammar 3. The Writing Process
Writing Styles Demystified 2nd to 3rd Grade How many writing genres are children required to learn how to write these days? What does each writing style entail? This workshop will demystify each genre and give you a clear idea on what students need to include in each one for stellar writing. 1. Descriptive 2. Narrative 3. Expository 4. Persuasive 5. Response to Literature 6. Creative Stories and Poems 7. Research
Developing Writing Skills 4th to 6th Grade This workshop is designed for parents who want to rediscover the joy of writing. This workshop will introduce writing activities that activate the imagination, build a great vocabulary, and draw on events in your personal life story. By going through the steps of the writing process, parents will be able to bring their own experience of writing to help guide and shed insight into developing their child’s writing skills.
Workshops Supporting All Grade Levels
Leveraging Your Child’s Learning Style for Success This workshop aims to give parents ideas and strategies to bring out the best in your child and to help them make connections in learning. Identify your child's learning style and understand how to leverage your child's strengths for optimal learning.
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